Christian Law


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Christian Law: Contemporary Principles offers a detailed comparison of the laws of churches across ten distinct Christian traditions worldwide: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, United, Congregational and Baptist. From this comparison, Professor Doe proposes that all denominations of the faith share common principles in spite of their doctrinal divisions; and that these principles reveal a concept of 'Christian law' and contribute to a theological understanding of global Christian identity. Adopting a unique interdisciplinary approach, the book provides comprehensive coverage on the sources and purposes of church law, the faithful (lay and ordained), the institutions of church governance, discipline and dispute resolution, doctrine and worship, the rites of passage, ecumenism, property and finance, as well as church, State and society. This is an invaluable resource for lawyers and theologians who are engaged in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, showing how dogmas may divide but laws link Christians across traditions.
Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The sources and purposes of ecclesiastical regulation; 2. The faithful - the laity and lay ministry; 3. The ordained ministers of the church; 4. The institutions of ecclesiastical governance; 5. Ecclesiastical discipline and conflict resolution; 6. Doctrine and worship; 7. The rites of passage; 8. Ecumenical relations; 9. Church property and finance; 10. Church, state and society; General conclusion; Appendix: the principles of law common to Christian churches; Bibliography; Index.